Generational Sowing and Reaping — An Agrarian Understanding of History

Posted by Missouri Rev on Jan 29th, 2006

Finally, I am able to post to my blog! It’s likely that it has been so long since I last posted that you have long given up on me, which I wouldn’t blame you for anyhow, but I think what I am posting today was worth waiting for. If you would prefer, I could post a little something every week, but it may only be to stay in touch and perhaps post smaller articles or even updates as to what we are doing here. Please let me know. As I said before, for me blogging is like sending letters home from the war front, so I suppose that it would be in order to at least report in enough to keep you from wondering whether I am MIA or AWOL.

Being a pastor that struggles like the rest who are making the very difficult transition into biblical community and covenantal agrarianism, I find it most difficult to spend the time writing and posting something that I consider worthwhile, which is not say that those of you that post frequently do not post worthwhile things. Indeed you do and I enjoy them immensely, but it’s hard for me to keep up with writing, even as much as I love it, when I have so many hats that I wear.

Once again this latest posting, Generational Sowing and Reaping – An Agrarian Understanding of History, is far too long to post in the main body of the blog, so I have posted it on the web where you can read it and/or print it (the links are directly below). Though I start with a “Paul Harvey” type story from Missouri history to get you interested in the post, the heart of it is learning how to understand history rightly (biblically) so we can draw the right conclusions, learn its true lessons, and make the right application. Contrary to a lot of pragmatic baloney about history being largely worthless to the present generation, it has everything to do with where we are now and where we going into the future. Quoting from the article, Human history is, thus, an agrarian story of generational sowing and reaping, both for good and evil, where the obedient or disobedient acts of man, individually or corporately, act as planted seeds which produce a harvest of consequences which the generations that follow must live or die with.” I have used some of Missouri’s and our country’s history to make this very critical point, which I hope you find interesting and useful. Since it largely deals with the War of Northern Aggression, you “Southrons” and other freedom loving patriots might find this article interesting as well.

This URL: Generational Sowing and Reaping — leads you to a website where you can read and print the article, which includes many pictures. It’s in PDF format. If you do not have the software to open it, you can download it for free at this site: Adobe Reader Download: all versions

Now, for those of you that do not know what biblical agrarianism is—don’t run away—as it is not as bad, bizarre, or boring as it sounds. We are talking about building, through God’s grace and providential care, a godly culture by means of biblical, generational reformation and restoration—where family and land are not strangers to each other, where we enjoy the work of our hands as being truly productive by God’s grace, where we build a tangible, God-blessed culture in which our children can build their futures from, where our neighbors and community are like-minded, god-fearing Christians, where the lost can see firsthand by God’s blessing upon us the Gospel of the Kingdom we profess . . . in short, it is living on God’s green earth as unto Him and as He intended. Do I believe God has intended for His people to live on the earth a certain way . . . absolutely and it is good, contrary to the “Christian” defeatist pragmatism of today, though, as history has clearly shown, we most likely will suffer the wrecking ball of God’s justice and mercy in the process, as there has been much built in the last several generations that is ungodly and counterproductive.

God bless and please comment on the article, thank you.

The Missouri Rev

A Delightful Book

Posted by Missouri Rev on Jan 10th, 2006

Herrick Kimball in one of his recent blog postings mentions a delightful book, Diary of an Early American – Noah Blake 1805, by noted author/illustrator Eric Sloan. I was able to pick up a used hardback 1st edition (1962) for a couple of bucks on the Internet and have come to be very pleased with this great book investment, as quaint as it is. The book is based upon an old, leather-bound diary that the author found in a barn, which had the following inscription on the flyleaf:

NOAH BLAKE, my book
March the twenty-fifth,
Year of our Lord 1805
Given to me by my Father Isaac Blake
And my Mother Rachel
upon the fifteenth year of my life.

The actual diary is fairly terse, though incredibly enlightening, especially with the research and illustrations the author adds to it to bring it to life. From the inside cover we read this: The result is an intriguing combination of elements—quotations from Noah Blake’s diary, Eric Sloan’s descriptions of nail-making, bridge-building, shingle-splitting, and everyday occupations of a century and a half ago, nearly a hundred illustrations—which bring the year 1805, and Noah Blake, to life again for us. This description is quite accurate, but it doesn’t tell the whole story – the incredible knowledge our ancestors had of one of the Lord’s most blessed, living technologies — wood, that’s right, wood!

I have often made the ignorant assumption that our modern industrial technologies in wood-making were a vast improvement upon the “antiquated” ones from centuries ago. Though in some areas this may be true in improved tools and related manufacturing products (glues, etc.), though some of these have created new problems, there are several areas where the corporate, debt-based industrialism (that rules supreme over our pagan culture and economy) has created technologies that serve the short-term, monopolistic aspirations of the international corporate and banking empires rather than the long-term, generational needs of individuals and families. Witness the plethora of garbage plywoods and simulated wood products, the inferior doglegged 2×4’s and other structural products, the glued sawdust furniture stapled together with cheap plastic hardware, the expensive though quickly grown and poorly seasoned furniture and cabinet making woods, the crudely made Taiwanese screws, the list goes on.

What I didn’t realize, however, was that there were very good reasons why our agrarian founders used wood only in making certain products and structures, rather than combining it with metal (screws, etc.). They understood the technology of wood, its various task specific qualities and useful combinations, which they found could make a more durable, longer lasting product. Homes and bridges made of logs and carefully constructed stones were made to last for generations, imagine that! I am very impressed with this simple book. It has stirred in me all the more the Lord given desire to not only farm, but to steward a hardwood forest in a biblically sustainable manner while using it to properly supply wood products for various needs. I not only recommend this book for the homeschooling library, but also for us adults that need a brief journey back to a more godly culture and time. If you have other books along these lines that you can recommend, please present them in any comments you may have.